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Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

Texas district cuts ties with ex-Atlanta official

DeSOTO, Texas -- A Dallas-area school board is severing ties with its new superintendent, who was caught in the fallout of a test-cheating scandal in her previous district in Atlanta.

The DeSoto school board voted 3-2 Monday night to negotiate the terms of a voluntary exit agreement with Superintendent Kathy Augustine's employment. Two board members were absent.

The board had the same discussion on the agenda last month but adjourned without settling the future of the former deputy Atlanta school superintendent.

The district in the suburb south of Dallas hired Augustine in April for $188,000 a year. However, the board placed her on paid leave last month while it re-examined her Atlanta tenure. She has denied having knowledge of test cheating in Atlanta.

Help Motoretta and WIN!

Help Motoretta and WIN!

Calling all Inspiring Artists, Designers,& Photographers!

To celebrate our Grand Opening we are looking for some fresh artwork for the new shop! Create a scooter themed poster and post it here: http://www.facebook.com/MotorettaAtlanta. Then have all your friends vote on your design by liking the image! This is your chance to show off your design talents and win a FREE full size 24x36 poster print of your design. A duplicate poster will also be permanently displayed in our shop. The winner will be announced at our upcoming Grand Opening party.

Please limit one entry per person. This contest is open to everyone so spread the word to all your aspiring artist friends! Contest ends August 23, 2011.

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

Teachers' attorney: Atlanta test cheating report inaccurate, falsely accuses the innocent

TUCKER, Ga. -- A backlash is brewing against the test-cheating report implicating 178 Atlanta Public Schools teachers, principals and superintendents in a long-running scheme to correct their students' incorrect answers on standardized tests in order to make the schools look good.

The Director of Legal Services for the Georgia Association of Educators, Mike McGonigle, is investigating that investigation.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRCT Cheating Investigation

He told 11Alive's Jon Shirek, during an interview Wednesday at GAE's headquarters in Tucker, that he's already discovering errors and omissions in the report.

“Kick’n It with Bone Crusher” Fundraiser for Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc.

“Kick’n It with Bone Crusher” Fundraiser for Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc.

Atlanta, GA…The native Atlanta rapper, Bone Crusher, will be launching the first in the “Taking Back Our Future Series” of fundraisers for Boys2Men Home and Sanctuary for Youth. B2M is an organization dedicated to empowering young males by teaching positive and productive life skills during their journey to manhood. Bone Crusher is the guest speaker as well as the headlining performer of the event.

 

Wayne Hardnett Jr., or Bone Crusher as he is better known, grew up in Adamsville (southwest Atlanta). He worked odd jobs as a cook, a carpenter and a bodyguard for several artists until his job at Black Marketing Entertainment. Lil’ John introduced Hardnett to Jermaine Dupri and he was immediately put on his record label So So Def in 2003. His first album AttenCHUN! topped at number 11 on music charts with his hit single “Never Scared” featuring T.I. and Killer Mike.

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA: New Cobb superintendent weighs in on APS

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Dr. Michael Hinojosa, the new superintendent of the Cobb County School District, said other systems can learn from the Atlanta CRCT cheating scandal.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: APS CRCT Investigation

"Sometimes testing is overblown," Dr. Hinojosa said following his swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. "You need to make sure people are focused on the right thing. That's student learning, not some number."

Dr. Hinojosa did not address the scandal during his first official speech to school leaders and employees.

But he did tell school board members, "I promise you I will not let you down."

He took the job after serving as head of the Dallas Independent School District in Texas for six years.

11Alive's Jennifer Leslie asked Dr. Hinojosa about the APS cheating investigation right after his swearing-in ceremony.

Simply Successful. Atlanta Artist Presents New Stage Play

Simply Successful. Atlanta Artist Presents New Stage Play

Chicago born, Arkansas Raised Indie Soul Artist Looking to Express Her Talent Finds Her Niche in Theater

Tiffany Roberts is many things to many people: daughter, sister, aunt, friend, wife and mother. Like many women with that level of support uplifting her, Roberts has created an opportunity to turn her talent and passion into an entrepreneurial win. After being laid off in December 2010, Tiffany took a leap of faith and launched her company, Simply Tiffany Soul (www.simplytiffanysoul.com); a platform for her theatrical expressions and a will soon help catapult underground Indie artists in reaching their full potential within the entertainment industry. Following her dreams and aspirations is a fire that just keeps growing inside of her and she wants to share that spark with others that share the same passion. Her goal is to give new artists the tools needed to be successful without as many stumbling blocks as she has had to overcome.

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

Have you seen Dr. Hall?

ATLANTA - As parents of students in Atlanta's public schools learn more about widespread allegations of cheating on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests, the woman in charge of the school system at the time, Dr. Beverly Hall, has become difficult to track down.

Gov. Nathan Deal released a report Tuesday evening to the Associated Press containing evidence and confessions of cheating in Atlanta's schools. The report names former Superintendent Hall, who retired last month.

"The APS General Counsel told us that one of her main duties was to provide Superintendent Hall with 'deniability.' Her aim was to insulate Dr. Hall from the burden of the responsibility for making difficult decisions," the report said.